In this week’s Publishers Weekly Comics Week, I talk to Asako Suzuki and Jim Chadwick of CMX about the return of Crayon Shinchan.
David Welsh takes a short look at a short list of new manga for this week.
Erica Friedman interviews freelance translator Erin Subramanian of Lillilicious at Okazu.
Gia explains yaoi for beginners at The Escapist.
At Sporadic Sequential, John Jakala continues his imaginary argument with DC’s Paul Levitz over whether manga is more diverse than genre grapic novels. UPDATE: It’s not imaginary any more: John went to the source and got some answers!
Cathy bids farewell to two concluding series, Fruits Basket (she’s reading a foreign edition that’s ahead of Tokyopop) and Hana-Kimi, at It can’t all be about manga.
The Anchorage Daily News profiles local artist Brett Uher (Dark Moon Diary) and the teenagers who enter the Bosco’s Manga/Anime contest.
Matt Badham visits the exhibit “How Manga Took Over the World” at the Manchester (UK) Urbis Museum.
At Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson notes that Tokyopop’s Manga magazine is continuing to shrink.
Kristy Valenti recounts the things she liked about Sakuracon at ComiXology.
Tiamat’s Disciple looks at some new titles from Yen Press. Also, he goes to a Tokyopop event in the UK and comes back with some news: Kino no Tabi has been dropped, Scrapped Princess and Slayers will be back, and Tokko is on hold. UPDATE: Not so, says Tokyopop’s Peter Ahlstrom, in comments.
Reviews: Tangognat enjoys Your and My Secret, which was recently revived by Tokyopop, calling it “the craziest gender-bending manga I have ever read.” Erica Friedman reviews Mars No Kiss at Okazu. The denizens of Manga Village turn in another set of reviews: John Thomas on vol. 4 of MPD-Psycho, Dan Polley on vol. 12 of Nodame Cantabile, Charles Tan on vol. 5 of Chinese Hero: Tales of the Blood Sword, Sabrina on vol. 8 of O-Parts Hunter, and Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Metro Survive. Ben Leary reviews vol. 1 of Street Fighter II at Anime on DVD. Ed Sizemore is disappointed by vol. 1 of Crayon Shinchan at Comics Worth Reading. At the Manga Maniac Cafe, Julie reads vol. 1 of Hotel Africa and vol. 1 of A Wise Man Sleeps. A.E. Sparrow reviews vol. 2 of Gyakushu and vol. 4 of Strawberry 100% at IGN.com.